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No Charges in Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Single Mother in Washington, D.C.

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More gun violence of the state-sanctioned kind. No one will face charges in the killing of Miriam Carey, who was fatally shot by an officer from the Capitol Hill police and one from the Secret Service who between them shot at her car 18 times, hitting her five. Afterward they found her child in the car. Cops say they didn't see the girl. Carey was allegedly driving toward a Capitol Hill police officer and had previously tried to breach a checkpoint at the White House, which is how the pursuit started. Via the Stamford, Ct. Daily Voice:

There is insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights or local charges against officers involved in the fatal shooting of Miriam Carey of Stamford last fall just blocks from the U.S. Capitol, the U.S. attorney's office for the District of Columbia announced Thursday.

The U.S. attorney's office and the Metropolitan Police Department conducted the investigation into the shooting of death Carey on Oct. 3, 2013, involving the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Capitol Police. 

The review included interviews of more than 60 witnesses and review of all crime scene evidence, ballistics reports, video footage, photographs, the autopsy report, and more. 

The U.S. attorney's office then concluded the evidence was insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officers used excessive force or possessed the requisite criminal intent at the time of the events.

And nothing else happened.

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  1. Cops say they didn’t see the girl.

    Apparently they didn’t look very hard at their target. Panic fire.

    1. It was a car, driving around the white house. It could have done billions of dollars worth of improvements had there been a bomb on board!

    2. I imagine it something like this, only without anyone shooting back.

  2. Oh man, id forgotten all about that ‘nothing else happened’ tard!

  3. Slightly OT: I posted this late last night but thought I’d do a repeat.

    For those of you worried about the financial future of corrupt Chicago hero and all-around fuckstain Jon Burge, you can relax.

    On July 3, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in favor of a decision by Chicago’s police pension board allowing disgraced former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge to continue receiving his approximately $3,000 per month pension.

    That’s despite the fact that Burge is currently serving a four-and-a-half year sentence in federal prison.

    The pension board was split on this, with the four “civilians” voting to revoke it and the four current or former police officers voting to let him keep it.

    Higher Standards.

    1. I would have been surprised if they had voted to revoke his pension.

  4. So the prosecutors concluded that the cops acted in self defense or defense of others? That would mean that they concluded that the cops reasonably believed that the use of deadly force, against a woman whose car was stuck in the median next to a guard station, was necessary to prevent an imminent threat of death of serious bodily injury. If that’s the case, then why in the hell was George Zimmerman prosecuted for shooting someone who was straddling him and in the very act of pummeling his head into the concrete sidewalk? Oh, that’s right: Zimmerman wasn’t a cop. If he’d been a cop, *he* could have been the one doing the straddling and pummeling, and no one would have said boo.

  5. This is the most shocking news ever posted on H&R. I just can’t believe it.

    And “requisite criminal intent”? Since when does mens rea apply nowadays, anyways?

    1. It only applies to government legbreakers. The rest of us can suck it.

  6. No Charges in Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Single Mother in Washington, D.C.

    You know, this could be covered by a pre-recorded annoucement played immediately after every killing by our beloved masters.

  7. I recall watching the video of that when it happened.

    I am a little reluctant to condemn the cops. The whole time I was watching the reports and before it was learned who she was I was thinking “Oh shit. Car bomb.”

    She was acting more than a little nuts and seemed determined to go where she should not go….

    Turns out she was nuts. The poor woman was clearly unstable and panicked. The cops, probably the same.

    1. When I watched the video when this was story was new, I actually thought that the first confrontation with cops/security/federal agents, that they showed a remarkable amount of restraint.

      I’m not fully convinced they needed to shoot her when she staggered out of the car, but in this day and age, the reaction is to shoot first, then hope they find a weapon later.

      1. Not fully convinced? Holy crap. That’s when it was clear they didn’t need to.

  8. I am a little reluctant to condemn the cops.

    Yeah, but you’re not allowed to kill someone because they were a threat a few minutes ago, but aren’t anymore.

    She was only a threat because she was driving a car. When the car became immobilized, she was no longer a threat, and shouldn’t have been shot.

    1. In their fevered Rambo brains she was running away to remotely detonate her car bomb.

      Yeah, I am reaching.

  9. Love the picture. Great tactics. They may as well form a circular firing squad.

    1. If only

    2. No kidding – terrific positioning, no fire discipline. They must cross train with the NYPD.

  10. She failed to obey, so they killed her.

    The End

  11. The U.S. attorney’s office then concluded the evidence was insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officers used excessive force or possessed the requisite criminal intent at the time of the events…

    Isn’t that determination supposed to be up to the jury? There’s clearly way more than enough evidence to indicate that an unarmed woman was shot to death.

  12. the evidence was insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officers used excessive force

    SHE’S FUCKING DEAD.

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